Being rich and famous is about more than just red carpet premieres and expensive jewelry. It’s more than having your own reality show or charging users $3 a month to watch you put on makeup (that’s how you get rich!). Being rich and famous is also about having your own paparazzo, paying astronomical prices to stay at the home of Francis Ford Coppola, and having a dog concierge that will deliver the perfect dog to your home. And, no, none of these things are even remotely made up.
The Hollywood Reporter just did a rundown of all the things that the rich can afford—and that we can’t—and the stuff people pay for really is pretty amazing. For instance, did you know that when you have more money than God, you can pay someone to be your own on-call plastic surgeon? Yep, that’s a thing:
Traveling with a hairstylist and makeup artist may no longer be an extravagance, but flying one’s own personal plastic surgeon is. For a starting fee of $50,000 for a half day, Dr. Gabriel Chiu of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Inc. will fly his team and equipment anywhere for customized treatments, including injectables and nonsurgical augmentations of the face and body. “About 50 percent of private fly-to patients are on a highly personalized anti-aging regime,” says Chiu. “The clientele that requests the most services are from the entertainment industry. Usually, it’s due to ridiculously tough schedules, remote shooting locations or avoidance of the public eye. Most, if not all, have extreme expectations and no budget.”
No budget here, of course, means “money is no object” rather than “I’m having a crying jag for breakfast because it’s all I can afford.” And if you’re one of the people to whom this description applies, you might also consider hiring someone to live in your home and watch your dog for close to $10,000 a month:
A self-described canine well-being expert, Hollywood Pet Mom’s Lexi Beermann is on speed dial throughout Hollywood for a handful of high-profile dog owners who turn to her for all of Rover’s training needs. These services include her round-the-clock Puppy Nurse program (one month starts at $8,000; six months, $36,000), in which Beermann lives with the dog either in the client’s guesthouse or at her home to deliver a perfectly behaved pet. She says one client asked her to train his dog to sit on a chair at the table during family dinner and eat off a plate: “I did manage to teach her to stay until the last plate was cleared.” Other services include a boot camp for behavioral emergencies (starting at $3,700 for five days), for which an owner once flew her pup on a private jet to Beermann from Chicago.
And if you’ve got the cash, you could also hire a personal photographer to come on your vacation (at your expense of course) and take photos of your family, freeing you up to make all those important memories you’ll be posting pictures of on Facebook later.
Rocket Pictures’ co-founder David Furnish recently turned to Los Angeles-based photographer Kevin Kendrick to photograph him, husband Elton John and their two sons. “The look of joy on Elton’s face as he thumbed through the album of our beautiful sons was a memory that our family will treasure forever,” says Furnish. For the past decade, Kendrick has documented intimate family moments for his star-studded client list (starting at $2,995 a day). The lensman, who is ready to hop on a plane at a moment’s notice, also tags along on vacations (a four-day trip costs $15,000, plus travel expenses) to the likes of Moscow, Switzerland and the Bahamas, where he learned to scuba dive to photograph a client’s deep-sea diving adventures.
THR has got 11 more specialty services you’ll want to read and roll your eyes at here. But here’s a suggestion: Instead of trying to make the money to hire these people, become one of them. Then, perhaps, you’ll also be able to afford an entertainment system that plays all the newest movies for $500 bucks per rental. (Oh, and the actual system costs $35,000…but you’re able to afford that, right?)
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)